Week in Review: Top 10 Cortland stories | July 12 - 19

Welcome! Here are the top local stories of the past week.

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1 - Motorcyclist killed in Route 11 crash

Marathon man faces manslaughter, DWI charge in fatal crash – State police released details Sunday of a fatal crash involving Christopher Tanner, who was allegedly driving with a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit when he crossed into the center lane on Route 11 and collided head-on with a motorcycle being driven by Shannon Nasoni, a 49-year-old resident of Endicott.


Photos courtesy of the Marathon Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps



2 - Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin will seek another term

Cortland mayor announces run for reelection – "Based upon the past four years of experience, I am optimistic and enthusiastic about not only what we have accomplished but also what the future can hold," the mayor said.



3 - Little Italy Pizzeria announces change in ownership

After 30 years, a change of hands at Homer pizza shop – We sat down with Paul and Maureen Hess, the new owners of Little Italy Pizzeria in Homer, to talk about their plans for the beloved village eatery.

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4 - A local karate instructor wins a long legal battle

Cortland karate instructor, severely injured by drunk driver, awarded $333K in lawsuit – Troy Rodman, owner of Bailey's Karate on Homer Avenue, is awarded more than $333,000 in connection with a 2011 crash involving a drunk driver.



5 - A fatal Truxton crash ends with a settlement

$2.7M settlement reached in fatal Cortland County crash – In another high-profile legal case we reported on earlier this week, a man who was the lone survivor of a fatal 2013 crash in Truxton is awarded $1.4 million in damages, while the estates of the seven victims will split the rest of the settlement.


6 - A look back at the history of the Tioughnioga River

Throwback Thursday: 9 scenic photos of the Tioughnioga River in Cortland – Check out the second installment in our ongoing series chronicling the rich history of Cortland County.

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7 - A fight over labor standards begins

Cortland health care workers plan picket to protest labor standards – Workers at the Crown Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation will picket on Wednesday if they cannot reach an agreement with management over new labor contracts. We will continue to report on this story in the week ahead.

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8 - Family of DeRuyter teen asks community for help

Fundraisers planned for DeRuyter teen in need of diabetic alert dog – Scott Arnold needs $18,000 to purchase a diabetic alert dog before he heads off to college. Check out his GoFundMe page for more information.

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9 - Homer mom says kids are "superheroes"

Kids’ intuition saves Homer man’s life – A single mom working as a nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center recalls how her two young children sensed something was wrong with their grandfather–and how their quick thinking saved her father's life.

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10 - SUNY Cortland makes BestColleges.com ranking

SUNY Cortland ranked one of nation's greenest colleges – Colorado State University is the greenest college in the country, according to BestColleges.com, but SUNY Cortland also made the list.

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